|While UN Women Ethiopia Country Office (ECO) has increased its program footprint over the past years, ECO fully agrees that there is a need to shift focus from outputs, activities and incremental progress to transformational outcomes and impact. More streamlined approaches, strategic positioning, a consistent focus on outcomes, and a robust results-based management and reporting system will be put in place to realize strategic results. ECO structure affected the approaches taken, and despite additional resources mobilized and ECO’s committed and dedicated staff, increased capabilities and some reorganization of internal structures is needed to ensure high level gender technical expertise, advice, and influence on persistent and emerging GEWE issues will be effectively delivered.
ECO will have a stronger emphasis on providing strategic, high-impact technical, policy and normative expertise that enables transformative change, and a move away from implementing many small-scale activities across disparate geographies, governance levels, and thematic areas. This approach entails and requires a focus on building capacity among partners to expand, strengthen, implement, and monitor normative gender equality frameworks, laws, policies, standards, institutions, and practices, and advance the creation of new ones where there are gaps.